Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday
5 November 2016 – 26 February 2017 , 10:00 to 17:00
DENNYSON STODDART AND DURHAM UNIVERSITY GALLERIES
Hearing a voice in the absence of any speaker is one of the most unusual, complex, and mysterious aspects of human experience. Typically treated, and popularly regarded, as a symptom of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is increasingly recognized as an important part of many people’s lives and experience, as well as a phenomenon that has had profound significance, not only for individuals, but across societies, cultures, and history.
From the revelatory and inspirational voices of medieval mystics to those of imaginary friends in childhood, and from the inner voices of writers as they craft their stories to those we hear as we read them, the exhibition will explore the complexity and diversity of the experience and interpretation of voice-hearing.
The exhibition will explore voice-hearing from personal, scientific, historical, literary and theological perspectives, and investigate different facets of the experience of hearing voices through original artworks, artefacts and narratives from the medieval to modern periods. It will also be accompanied by a linked programme of public events that will include creative workshops, public lectures, panel discussions and events for young people.
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